There are times when clouds block the light. Carl Jung, the father of spiritual psychology, suggested that our shadow parts similarly create blind spots for us that limit our ability to see the light, or the truth. However, when we are willing to look behind that which blocks us we may experience illumination. When we pay attention, develop awareness and stay attuned, then perhaps the light can shine through and we may be able to understand that which is the truth.
Oftentimes, our longings or old belief systems may influence our perceptions and convictions. In fact, these may be so pervasive that they become our sense of reality even when they are illusions. Reality remains distorted and elusive. How then do we counter this tendency towards illusion or distortion and develop the skills needed to be aware and attuned in order to live in satya, or the truth?
A few months ago, I spent two restless nights tossing about after experiencing hurtful behaviors. On the third morning, I spent a few hours in a beautiful natural environment. In my solitude and sadness, I retreated to a very quiet inner place and meditated. Feelings arose, and I simply sat with them even though they were uncomfortable. Welcoming the tears that fell spontaneously as my heart unfolded, I created for myself a symbolic cleansing of sorts. So much of what I walked away with included a new sense of freedom and a commitment to accept the truth. No longer would I have expectations that would simply never be fulfilled. It was as if the sunrays carried the truth on them and I could now be receptive to it. This was a powerful experience and my desire to create and implement change was absorbed into my psyche and being.
This may sound easier than it really is. But when we are truly committed to acknowledging old habits and recognize reality without distortions we have to challenge ourselves to go beyond what is comfortable and eventually truth and authenticity can be known. When we practice yoga and mindfulness meditation, and remain in the asanas or postures while staying present and attuned to the feelings, thoughts and sensations that arise, we are more able to be receptive to what really is in front of us. Sometimes, it might take a long time to reach this place of acceptance but it is important to try. Gradually, we can begin to trust our inner knowing.
There is an old Biblical phrase that states, “The truth will set you free.” When we remain in bondage to illusions or falsehoods, there is no freedom or light. Next time you feel uncomfortable and something is gnawing at your heart, sit back, open your chest, focus on your breath and listen to all the sounds surrounding you, and perhaps you will also hear the inner messages of your heart. Once we are dedicated to that which nestles in our hearts, we can access the unspoken truth. Then the heart can rest when it is in Satya. And when you have a deep inner conviction, much in the world will support you.
Temmi Ungerman Sears
“There is no god higher than truth.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
Sutra II.36 Dedicated to truth and integrity (Satya), our thoughts, words and actions gain the power to manifest.